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Euthanasia: Mercy Killing or a Blatant form of Murder?

Euthanasia, more specifically referred to as a term for mercy killing-taking the life of a hopelessly ill or injured individual in order to end his or her suffering represents a serious ethical dilemma, between terminally ill patients, their families, medical doctors, and the Canadian Criminal Code. Due to the fact that people do not always die peacefully, some afflictions cause individuals to suffer through extreme physical pain in their last days, and euthanasia may seem like a compassionate way of ending this pain, but in realistic terms, it is not. Euthanasia is nothing less than cold-blooded killing; it cheapens the value of life, is both morally and ethically wrong, and should not be legalized in Canada as it can have a detrimental effect in many diverse ways such that it neither follows proper ethics, morals, practicality, or religious views. In addition, legalizing this form of death will trigger the slippery slope effect which has the potential to put many lives at high danger.

The act of euthanasia contradicts one of the most basic principles of morality; killing is wrong. Euthanasia is a form of a blatant violation of many holy commandments of ultimately all religions. From a secular perspective, the main principle of law is to uphold the sanctity of human life, and euthanasia opposes that purpose by continuously ending lives. Likewise, euthanasia labels certain lives as less worthy of living, and is the start to a slippery slope that can eventually lead to involuntary euthanasia and the killing of people who are thought to be undesirable.

Euthanasia should not be legalized in Canada as it adversely deteriorates society's uttermost respect for the sanctity of life meaning that because people are made in God's image (Genesis 1:26), human life has an...